Right about now your new year’s resolutions are starting to look less interesting. It’s been two weeks and life is settling in as normal and that burst of energy you felt for change at the end of 2018 is slowing down.
One thing is for sure. Time is not slowing down. It stops for no one. Whether you feel like acting on improving your life is irrelevant to time. Time will continue to do what it does best…keep going.
Are you waiting for the right time to act on your goals? Are you waiting to be motivated to start taking action?
We have the tendency to act slowly when we must get something done. The problem is the longer we take to act, the likelihood of us doing it diminishes greatly.
Now is the time to start growing.
We will never be ready in our minds to tackle life, so just do it and you will have a greater understanding of how to get better.
The truth is we are robbing ourselves of what life has to offer when we want to wait for the right time.
As a beginning real estate investor years ago, I paid dearly for neglecting to act when the market screamed financial crisis. Rental income greatly diminished, debt quickly accumulated, and instead of selling to recoup what I could, I held on to foreclosure.
I waited for the right time to sell and it never came. The dumbest decision of my real estate investing experience.
So, do not wait until the situation gets worst, start now.
You have great expectations this year and every year before this one.
But, time has always been problematic.
You want to accomplish more but daily pressures and activities seem to suck up all the energy.
What do you do now?
You must remain focus on the prize–the results – the why. You must remain focus on what matters most.
So here are six simple ways to do more in less time.
- Write it down – it is important that you write your priorities–things that you must absolutely get done down and review them on a daily basis. This helps prepare your brain to constantly be on the look out for solutions.
- Develop a morning routine and make the most of it. Get up early. Get up at the same time every morning and schedule to work on the most important thing on your agenda. Make no exception.
- Focus on one thing and finish it before you move to the next thing. It is better for you to finish one thing then for you to have 10 unfinished tasks. Adding incomplete tasks to our agenda just zap your energy and can be overwhelming.
- Promise less, deliver more – there’s no need to put more pressure and stress on your day by promising things and services you know you cannot deliver on time or to your satisfaction; so, let’s not do it. It’s better to be pleasantly surprised then to be disappointed.
- Do or do not – Trying is tiresome. What’s the since of writing your priorities down if you just going to try to do them. At this stage you know whether or not you can do them. So, make a decision and do it.
- Overcome the urge to reach for your electronics. Oh, what distractions await you – all those notifications. They seem so urgent. But, you can do this because you value your priorities and intend to move forward to success.
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.
I love to read verses like this one. No need for special tools to extrapolate the benefits of waiting. I don’t know about you, but when I read this verse I feel like I can become a super human just by deciding to wait on the Lord and not take matters into my own hands – especially when directed not to.
There are so many things we can learn in this verse that can be very beneficial to us. When we wait on the Lord…
We gain new strength
This is a promise we can hold on to. We may have come to him feeling weak and exhausted from the everyday trials of this life, but he promises that while we wait, he will replace our weakness with strength. Therefore, we will be prepared to respond to whatever he allows for us to experience.
We see the big picture
The verse says that we “will mount up with wings like eagles.” Sometimes it is hard to see and understand what is going on when faced with different circumstances. We may be too close to see clearly. So, God promises we will soar like the eagles when we wait on him, allowing us to gain a fresh perspective on what we currently face.
We get loaded up with energy
How would you like to run and never get tired? Well, when you wait on the Lord, you get loaded up with energy to combat any negative forces that may be in our future. At times, positive experiences may be overwhelming too. Believe that he has given you the strength and energy to handle them properly.
We stay the course
It says “we will run and not become weary.” The Lord reassures our every step letting us know that he is always with us and will give us all necessary ingredients to stay the course and renew our determination to persevere and not to give up.
All this happens while we wait. So waiting is not a waste. It can be a very productive period in our lives. It is a time used by God to give us new strength, a clear perspective, more energy, and the determination to stay the course and not to give up. Let us wait on the Lord, so he can fulfill these promises in our lives.
For the Lord God is a sun and a shield;
the Lord gives grace and glory;
no good things does He withhold from
those who walk up rightly.
Many of us have a warped perception of God. We see God as a domineering father figure who is ready to strike us down when we do something wrong. To the contrary, God is the opposite. He is loving, benevolent, generous, and caring. God does not pay us lip service when He says that only He is good. He has given us ample evidence to demonstrate that. He shows us his goodness through nature, the way that he cares for us, and through His Son Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, the evidences for God’s goodness permeate our everyday living. The natural blessings that we take for granted on a daily basis. For example, we take for granted waking up every morning, having good health, and experiencing the seasons of life. God is good enough to give us food when we need to eat, clothes when we-re naked, comfort when we feel afraid, and music to soothe our very soul. God delivers us from everyday troubles. He delivers us through the ups and downs that we go through when we experience life’s trials and challenges.
When we understand the goodness of God and we take it to heart, the Spirit of God will move us to repentance because we often doubt that God is good and that He has a good future for us. Once we have God’s goodness in the right perspective, the mind will be renewed, will have the confidence to pursue a different direction; and as a result, we will begin to see the Holy Spirit change our lives. In addition, when we understand the goodness of God, we will not be surprise when adversity comes. As a matter of fact, we will be excited to take big risks and step out on faith. Deep down we know that God will never ask us to do anything that will hurt us. Everything He asked us to do is to transform us to the likeness of His Son.
Psalm 84:11 is a good example of God’s goodness. “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory; no good thing does he withhold from those who walk up rightly.” “The Lord is the sun” – your source of power energy and resources. He’s a shield – your protector. “The Lord gives grace and glory” – your comprehensive source of resources and blessings. “No good thing does he withhold from those who walk up rightly” – if you live your life God’s way, he will make sure that you lack no good thing.
Here is a prayer by Chip Ingram taken from God: As He Longs for You to See Him that will be a blessing to you if you decide to meditate on it.
Oh Lord, full of goodness and mercy, as I look into the
face of Jesus and ponder the goodness of the cross, grant
that I might
repent of my unbelief and ingratitude,
rest in your goodness even in the midst of trials, and
risk trusting you in every area of my life like never before.
I praise you that I live under a friendly sky, that you are for
me, and that I need never be afraid of the future because
you are good!
In Jesus’s name, Amen.